Survey Manual

205.4 - Acquisition and Financial Assistance

Date: 09/11/2020

OPR: Office of Acquisition and Grants

Instructions: This revises Survey Manual (SM) Chapter 205.4, dated January 8, 2004. 


1. Purpose.

This SM chapter establishes delegations of authority to acquire goods and services for the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) and to enter into financial assistance agreements on behalf of the USGS. It also implements Subpart 1401.6 of the Department of the Interior Acquisition Regulation (DIAR). This SM chapter does not apply to instruments by which USGS received incoming funds.


2. Policy.

Authority shall be exercised subject to the availability of funds. Any purchasing transacted outside the provisions of this chapter or its authorized exceptions shall be considered invalid, as it will constitute an unauthorized commitment. All purchasing activities transacted under the authority of this chapter are subject to review and audit. Failure to comply with applicable regulatory requirements shall be reason for termination of procurement authority, as set forth in DIAR 1401.603.

All further USGS acquisition and financial assistance policy and procedure is promulgated in the USGS internal Handbook, the Acquisition Operating Procedures (AOP).


3. Delegations of Authority.

A. Definitions.

(1) Head of Contracting Activity, as defined in DIAR 1402.1 and FAR 2.101 is the Associate Director for Administration.

(2) Bureau Procurement Chief is the Chief, Office of Acquisition and Grants (OAG).

(3) Chief of the Contracting Office refers to the Chiefs of OAG Branches.

B.  Contracting Officer authority may be delegated to specific individuals only (not to positions) and may not be further delegated. Delegation of acquisition authority may be made in accordance Department of the Interior Acquisition, Assistance, and Asset Policy (DOI-AAAP) 0051, “DOI Federal Acquisition Certification and Appointment Programs”, only. Delegation of authority will be exercised in accordance with:

(1) Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Chapter 1, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

(2) 48 CFR, Chapter 14, Department of the Interior Acquisition Regulation.

(3) 43 CFR, Part 12, Administrative and Audit Requirements and Cost Principles for Assistance Programs.

(4) 43 CFR, Part 17, Nondiscrimination in Federally-assisted Programs.

(5) 43 CFR, Part 18, New Restrictions on Lobbying.

(6) Office of Management and Budget directives.

(7) Departmental Manual, as applicable.

(8) Procedures promulgated in the AOP.



/s/ Katherine M. McCulloch                                                                           09/11/2020

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Katherine M. McCulloch                                                                                Date

Associate Director for Administration